I have had dry, flaky, cracked corners of my mouth since the beginning of the year. One side is much worse than the other. It does get somewhat better and then it gets worse again instead of going away. I have used all kinds of moisturizers and chapsticks to try and get rid of it, but nothing works. I had this once before and went to a dermatologist for it but neither her ideas nor her prescription helped. I now hear it may be caused by a deficiency in riboflavin. Does anyone know if taking a supplement of this will make a difference? Does anyone else have this problem? What can I do to get rid of it once and for all? I do wear lipstick every day to keep myself from licking and biting my lips, and also to give my pale face some color. It does wear off the corners quickly, though, so I doubt the lipstick would be the cause. Advice?
Hi, I had the same problem....I tried all sorts of lip balms and chapsticks, but the only thing that worked was heavily applying vaseline (from a jar) on the corners of my lips (nighttime only). It took a while, but I no longer have that problem. Also for dry lips period, I found that, surprisingly, the chapstick that works best for me is Bonne Bell lipsmackers (Dr Pepper seems to be the most moisturizing). I now only use the Bonne Bell, but I'm don't think it would have cleared up without the vaseline.
Last edited by InnerSerenity; 05-31-2005 at 06:01 PM.
I was getting a lot of that last year. I mentioned it to a dental tech and she said "Oh, I get that too if I don't eat enough fruit." I eat a lot of fruit now and don't get it anymore. I don't know if it was riboflavin or not that I was lacking. Do you eat a lot of fresh fruits & veggies?
P.S. I tried lip balms, tea tree oil, neosporin, everything. It didn't do anything.
I had that problem once (and chapsticks & lotions didn't help) and it turned out that I was allergic to my toothpaste. I had recently tried a new one, got the irritated mouth, then switched to a different kind- and the problem went away and never came back. (The toothpaste that caused the problem was Crest Rejuvinating Effects.) Anyway, its worth a thought if you changed your toothpaste or mouthwash around the time the problem began.